Posted By Azker

Configuring HSPA connection in Ubuntu (No installation needed)

I’ve notice a when I was using Ubuntu 10.10 (latest version), I’ve never gone through any process nor using the terminal. As soon as I plugged my Mobile HSPA stick into the computer it picked my device within few minutes without any installation or configurations. But, make sure once you plugged the device in to check whether it’s been taken to the system or not. You’ll be able to identify by looking at the PPP configurations (Dial-up Creation). But, this automatic device detect will not happen in Ubuntu 10.04 or lower version, since you’ve to do such configuration. We’ll explain you on how to use in other version via another post.

PPP configuration on Ubuntu

You have two ways in order to get Network Connections dialog box. First, click on System (top, left corner) > Preferences > Network Connections.

Second, you can right click the Network Bar (top, right corner) > select Edit Connetcions.

By selecting one of those will result you in below as “Network Connections” dialog box… : )

When you get the above dialog box, select “Mobile Broadband” option since we need to create a PPP connection. And, then click on Add button to create a new PPP connection. Then after,  you’ll get dialog box like below saying; “New Mobile Broadband Connection” by showing your default device. In my case, the device is “HUAWEI Technology HUAWEI Mobile(note: as I’ve told in the very beginning, the device is detected without any installation… this is where you identify whether the device is detected or not)

You can even click on the above to check whether your devices are detected or not as shown above. And then click on Forward. You’ll get the below to select your Country/Region using the list. I’ve selected my country as Sri Lanka. And click on Forward.

There after, the process will ask you to Choose your Provider (meaning you ISP).. Select the suitable one for your HSPA connection & click Forward.

Next is to Choose your Billing Plan as per the plan that you’ve subscribed with your ISP.

Click on for the drop down menu to check whether your plan is listed or not as shown below & click Forward (note: if your plan is not listed, just select any plan since; we’ll be able to edit the details at the end before we confirm).

Shown below is the settings confirmation not the last confirmation page. So, you can simply click on Apply.

After wards, you get the below screen. In here, you can edit the details such like APN, Number, Username… etc. As I’ve mentioned before, if your plan is not listed; this is the right place to edit/modify the details. As far as I know, most ISPs provide APN (access point name) & Number (dial number/access number) as mandatory. I don’t want to explain about other tabs which are PPP Settings & IPv4 Settings since those stays default. If you have dedicated IPs or DNS servers.. then you can add it under IPv4 Settings.

Once you click on Apply, You’ll get below Network Connections box with the configuration that you’ve created. Click on Close & and see other pictures on how to connect.

PPP Connect/Disconnect After the configuration

Once the configuration done,  click on Network Connection icon (top, right corner). At the drop down you’ll see your profile which you’ve created. You’ve to select the profile name in order to connect.

Once you select the profile, you see a small icon in circle which rotates as shown in below;

Once the connection is success, you’ll get below confirmation in a balloon window as “Connection Established“.


You’ve to follow the same process, in order to disconnect the connection. Do the same as shown below.

Below message says; once you got disconnected successfully… it says; “Disconnected – you are now offline“….  ; )


Hope, this tutorial helped you all to get a knowledge about PPP configurations. I’m sure, you still have question & clarifications on this. Please, leave us a comment below to support you… : )

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